Thanks Caroline, thats exactly the kind of repsonse i need. The article that you included is right in many ways. CFS, Fibromyalgia and PTSS , etc, are pretty much in the same category of treatment 'energy wise' although they all have different psyco-emotional aspects.
There always seems to be a traumatic event attached that triggers a response be it an illness or emotional event.
The sheer magnitude of the 'event' uses up all the energy reserves and the patient is left quite literally drained!
In Chinese medicine this effects our very essence leaving the whole energy system taxed to a very low level.
So there is a very uniform depletion in digestion, muscle strength, immunity and emotional strength. There will always be a certain aspect that shows more than others and this is predisposed to each individual constituional traits and past illness.
I think acupuncture is helpful but alot of treatment is needed like you mentioned and many cannot afford this kind of therapy over a long period.
I believe these conditions require a very gentle and progressive build in energy while gently nourishing the physical body through nutrition and exercise.
The immediate shock of these events can leave a once healthy and strong person in a state of limbo as to why they cannot recover to their previous health. They can get stuck in a 'why me' vicious cycle and very effort seems a struggle. Also many leave these conditions to deteriorate over many years and western medicine has no real answers and I feel that the mediciation only adds to the drain of the energy system.
There is an answer! Qi Gong!
All the symptoms and signs of thses conditions is perfectly suited to Qi Gong, you could say Qi Gong is made for thses illnesses as it will incorperate eveything that Qi Gong training is about. Slow, Gentle and progressive training, self awareness, nutritional balance and living in tune with the natural world.
Those who suufer must realise that this is for life and you must think of the long term future. Recovery has to be gradual.
A compltet adjustment in lifestyle might be needed, but if someone is to recover in order to lead a fullfilling life then it must be a priority.
Tai Chi is also another system that will help but id anyone is to use this route I would suggest find a competant teacher with experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The UK is full of 'Tai Chi' teachers that teach for health benefits and have only attended a few days or weeks training, as a result you are just practising a set of movements. Although still beneficial to health, I believe that it is the Qi Gong element that makes Tai Chi health, the rest is martial.
Last night my patient came to her first Qi Gong class, after just 10 minutes into the warm up she mentioned herself getting tired and aching. I suggested that she prctised seated if she wished to. Sixty minutes later she was still standing and had managed the whole class like my other students, some of which have be attending for a while! She had a smile on her face and did not complain before leaving.
I will call her in a couple days to see what her fellings are compared to the acupuncture treatment I have been providing for her.......I'll let you know
Excuse the self promotion but I have been teaching Qi Gong to a few sufferers for the past two years and now have a Qi Gong Foundation Course that can be attended to learn Qi Gong for your self to help manage these conditions. I think they will be very effective.
Check your local press for Qi Gong Classes or maybe Tai Chi, Think of the long term plan and enjoy the present.